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Topic # 146684 26-May-2014 10:42
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Telecom claims first with turbocharged 4G.

http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/telecom-claims-first-turbocharged-4g-ck-156698

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  Reply # 1053375 26-May-2014 10:44
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It was in the paper it must be true.. wink




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  Reply # 1053381 26-May-2014 10:50
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This sort of upgrade path becomes really useful for wireless RBI served communities.
You are now getting the possibility of serving smallers geographically isolated communities with speeds similar to fixed like urban offerings.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1053384 26-May-2014 10:54
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Does it have a warrant of fitness?

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  Reply # 1053388 26-May-2014 10:59
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The press release:


Telecom is making carrier aggregation (CA) technology live on six of its 4G mobile sites. Telecom has worked with technology partner Huawei to bring this new potential to New Zealand.

Carrier aggregation allows mobile users to access two mobile spectrum bands simultaneously over their mobile devices – the combination giving them a significant increase in data speeds. 

The technology is so advanced that Telecom’s mobile network has arrived ahead of device capability, but Telecom expects to have CA-capable devices commercially available on its network by the end of this year or early next year. Chief Operating Officer David Havercroft says when CA devices do come to market, Telecom customers will be able to take advantage of “phenomenal” data speeds straight away.

“This sets up the Telecom network to stay right out front when it comes to future technology. 

“Carrier aggregation on our network allows for theoretical peak speeds of 300Mbps, and our testing has seen speeds on live sites of up to 260Mbps download. This is roughly double the theoretical peak speeds on our existing 4G network, and more than seven times the theoretical peaks available on 3G.

“Obviously when we have multiple users on the network in the real world, these speeds will come down, but the technology will still make a big difference to how people can use their mobiles, tablets and any other CA-capable smart devices – downloading high definition videos and uploading large files, for example, will happen in seconds.”

Mr Havercroft said that over the coming months his team would continue to test the network and refine the customer experience, in anticipation of CA-capable devices coming to market.

Telecom launched its 4G network in November 2013 in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. It has recently announced it is extending 4G capability to a number of other New Zealand towns over the next few months, including Dunedin, Rotorua, Blenheim and Nelson.

Telecom is also about to begin a non-commercial customer 4G trial in the Waikato using the 700MHz spectrum, which the government is currently auctioning off for use in mobile services. The 700MHz spectrum will be important in bringing affordable 4G mobile data services to most of New Zealand, as it delivers greater reach and enhanced in-building coverage over other higher band frequencies. This makes it more efficient to build and ideally suited for delivering 4G services in regional areas.

Telecom carrier aggregation uses 20MHz of the 1800MHz spectrum band and 20MHz of the 2600MHz spectrum band.






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  Reply # 1053518 26-May-2014 12:39
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Two lol's for me....

"theoretical mobile data downloads of up to 300Mbit/s"
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"Telecom doesn't expect to have CA-compatible devices on its network until towards the end of this year"


So meh, just a marketing thing I reckon. Just trying to do the old one-up on VF - because VF kick a5s at doing things first.

In the mean time I will enjoy 4G speeds in many many parts of the country whilst Telecom users have very selective areas haha. #ProudToUseVFNZ haha

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  Reply # 1053535 26-May-2014 12:54
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chevrolux:
So meh, just a marketing thing I reckon. Just trying to do the old one-up on VF - because VF kick a5s at doing things first.


Unfortunately in my experience, though, they rarely do it well. But let's not derail the thread...

Has there been any news on which are the first 4G CA devices we're likely to see on the market here?






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  Reply # 1053538 26-May-2014 12:58
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260mbit speed with 1-2GB cap ftw




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  Reply # 1053541 26-May-2014 13:03
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To be completely honest it's getting a little tiring seeing some of the PR spin come out of Telecom lately.

They've lost a lot of ground in the mobile space and are running into big speed bumps, particularly with 3G and 4G networks from different vendors.

VF have been trialing CG as well and you could argue that CG at present is no different to vaporware - nobody can buy a device that support it so it's pointless bragging about it.
 

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  Reply # 1053572 26-May-2014 13:35
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Great a faster way to use up your datacap!




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  Reply # 1053574 26-May-2014 13:38
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I'd prefer 4G in more places before some new tech that NO ONE can make use of.

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  Reply # 1053581 26-May-2014 13:49
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waikariboy: Great a faster way to use up your datacap!


I've never really understood this mindset

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  Reply # 1053587 26-May-2014 13:59
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sbiddle: To be completely honest it's getting a little tiring seeing some of the PR spin come out of Telecom lately.

They've lost a lot of ground in the mobile space and are running into big speed bumps, particularly with 3G and 4G networks from different vendors.

VF have been trialing CG as well and you could argue that CG at present is no different to vaporware - nobody can buy a device that support it so it's pointless bragging about it.
 

I have to agree to an extent, I feel like vodafone is running rings around them in terms of network upgrades and 4G, and Telecom are putting out press releases with nothing significant to show for it. While this has live sites, its actually not of much use to anyone. I'm not opposed to progress, far from it in fact, but I feel like they aren't delivering on what actually matters right now compared to the competition.

Afaik mobile hotspots and new devices like the USA model Galaxy S5 have been the only ones to actually do LTE-A with CA. As far as i'm aware the international S5 does not do this. Unsure if it can be enabled with a firmware update.

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  Reply # 1053596 26-May-2014 14:07
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waikariboy: Great a faster way to use up your datacap!


I've never really understood this mindset


Neither do I!



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  Reply # 1053602 26-May-2014 14:21
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meh, unless there is more to it that the press release, it certainly seems like a bit of a 'nothing' announcement.

would be a lot better if they had HD voice, or something like that.


Mind you, the recent Auckland Transport wifi hotspot announcement is pretty cool - so I'm not sure I'd say they are falling that far behind VF. 

Having effectively 30GB of mobile data (over wifi) to use each month is much more valuable to most people I would say than having 4G speeds on a 500MB plan (which is what most people have)

It's also something that VF will have a hard time reproducing - they don't have an army of phone boxes in public places to mount modems on. so it's pretty good as a service differentiator.

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  Reply # 1053612 26-May-2014 14:28
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NonprayingMantis:
It's also something that VF will have a hard time reproducing - they don't have an army of phone boxes in public places to mount modems on. so it's pretty good as a service differentiator.


They do however have a myriad of cellsites in CBD areas (far more cellsites than that there are phoneboxes) and all the talk is of VF about to launch a massive WiFi network.

Personally I'm completely lost as to why anybody thinks this is a good idea however - it's quite frankly just stupid.



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